East Asian Languages & Cultures

The Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures offers an exciting range of courses. We offer a four-year sequence of courses in Chinese and Japanese languages as well as other coursework in literature, film, and culture.


Consider a major in Chinese or Japanese language and culture, a minor in Chinese or Japanese language and culture, or an Interdisciplinary Minor in East Asian Studies to complement your academic and career plans. Talk to your adviser about how proficiency in an East Asian language can become an important component of your educational plan, or contact one of us in East Asian Languages and Cultures to find out more about study opportunities.

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[Cultural activity]
History in Images: The Making of The Gate of Heavenly Peace
30 October 2014, 5:30 pm, ZSR Library Room 404

Director Carma Hinton will show excerpts from The Gate of Heavenly Peace (about the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests), as well as some out-takes from the film. She will discuss her decisions on what to include and exclude, and how these decisions affected her presentation of the events covered by the films. She will also address the different problems that the historian encounters when presenting history in images as opposed to in words: the potential and limitation of each medium and what information each might privilege or obscure.

For more information, contact Andy Rodekohr rodekoaj@wfu.edu

Carma Hinton is the Clarence J. Robinson Professor of Visual Culture and Chinese Studies at George Mason University. She has directed and co-directed thirteen documentary films about China, including the three-part series One Village in China, Abode of Illusion, Morning Sun, and The Gate of Heavenly Peace. Her films have been shown in numerous film festivals worldwide, and she has been awarded the George Foster Peabody Award twice, along with the American Historical Association’s John E. O’Connor Film Award, among many others. She has a Ph.D. in Art History from Harvard University and has held teaching positions at Swarthmore, Wellesley, Northeastern, and MIT. She has lectured on Chinese history, culture, and film at institutions across the United States and around the world. She was born and raised in Beijing.
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We joined other departments to write/draw on the sidewalk on Oct. 22. Thanks to the students who came outside with us after the conversation table - we have some artists in our classes! Our message to the campus community: "Take Japanese!" (2 photos) ... See MoreSee Less

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Chinese movie night
Chinese program and Chinese studies club held a successful Chinese movie night on Oct. 20. Do you like this movie?
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Welcome to join the Chinese conversation table every week at Benson 3F. We can practice Chinese outside of classes in different ways. Learning a foreign language is fun, isn't it?!

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Welcome to join the Chinese conversation table every week at Benson 3F. We can practice Chinese outside of classes in different ways. Learning a foreign language is fun, isn't it?!